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people what you do you say >> i've definitely paid hoof taxes. the short answer is yeah, the silicon valley if that were not true. it would be like the - i know i've spent a lot of time with interesting people from all over the world and their successful people and their passionate about being here and their contributing to the economy >> i like to give the example of football. imagine the 49ers and we're going to be playing with another team but what if it is other
team had 13 or fourteen people. we have to see the u.s. as a team are the other countries and we're limiting the team on the field and if canada is allowing their team to to compete against us. to not allow the 49ers to come to the game is not making sense. you want to have the largest team i can in order to beat the competition and so i have this commercial in their head. all those comments immigrants are lazy and taking our jobs. imagine the same comments have
been made as each immigration wave like the italians and now the mexicans but somehow they've contributed to society and we're growing because when you take a diversity of ideas they don't take your jobs. somebody said that the way we have today, the system we have a help wanted sign on one side and on the other side we have a bored with guns. >> let me build on that then because again, the vote in the senate is happening we believe it's going to be successful. the real battle is in the house. so let's talk about the battle
in the house. without naming names a group of 80 executives met with the house and quote we're going to take care of you high terence votes but who cares who picks the strawberries. well, i like strawberries i don't see a lot of american born folks who pick strawberries. we do care we want to see expensive immigration remorseful for all of americans and all americans. so as we go to the house side and why don't we start with maria. what do we need to do so we get something to work on and perhaps
not a house bill paced that's expensive how do we reconcile this and win over the house? >> you know i was speaking to a group of ap i leaders earlier and we all agreed it was a funny timing with the gathering of the senate vote today and really it was important to lay on the table that is work is not done because we've see this major vote in the senate this afternoon. and i think there's some changes in the senate bill and this space is wide open in the house and the administration continues to have confidence that their is a good bipartisan effort in the house. we might not get everything
we're asking for the administrative remains committed to high skills and a low skills. we recognize both are needed. i've worked in georgia for many years and i remember we had companies moving to another state but i also traveled the fields, you know, in southern georgia and struggled to represent individuals who were agricultural workers who were facing removal. they're both key to maintaining a altercation of a nation of immigrants and my advice to the house side that you stay true to your priorities and the messages i want to get to the house.
you've started meeting with key members of the house and don't think that the process is over because of the senate the vote this afternoon. i heard a message that was a straightforward list of concerns and needs and simple for example, fixes that could continue to strengthen your ability to bring essentially he workers but allow the workers to you strive in this economy and allow you the employer the ability to replace those workers and keep the high-level of skill you need. so continue to voice your priorities loudly >> mayor lee i want to hear from any next co- hosted by
julia and kevin but the folks who will be hearing that. from a leadership prospective we're a humanely group of people but people may say that the delegates in the house are one over. almost all of our folks are in all congressional districts. we're asking folks to talk to the key house seats. we know that the advocacy chamber in san francisco are doing that that as well. that's part of our strategy. mayor lee what is your strategy to make sure that we're not singing to the choir with nancy
pelosi and others by your leveraging our relationships. >> well, i can't help but take advantage we're a few days of celebrated the establishment of our country. when i went to china you should see how the chinese-american was welcoming. they said wow. free speech and celebration the best ideas and the hope of the world is reflected in america. how do he get the conversation from the immigrant conversation without u out of fear to one of hope and about why we're the encounter country in the world. how do we get that conversation reignited here with our folks.
i'm proud to be an american and we'll always celebrate the opportunity in this country. so from a senate side we're not going to have family - for many others when we became successful i wanted to share that with our family members. we've also been strong in family where's that tradition. so i want to go back to let's not have immigration reform based on fear but being the open light to the rest of the world. and with the attitude and spirit then you start saying what makes
our country successful. it will not discriminate against gaze and lesbians. we can do more in our immigration policies. this is an opportunity in the celebration of our country let's not make decisions out of fear but out of a progressive approach. so we can have the talent and the values of what we believe in to be reflected in a good inhabitation policy >> let's hear from so many of the ceos. >> i actually want to follow up on mayor lee's comment. the conversation is about fear
it's in human nature to be afraid of what you don't know. for me personally i've seen this in immigrant communities. they tend to stick together and don't reach out the the mainstream americans. personally, i have friends from 40 different countries i get to eat their food. so the responsibility is on the immigrants and the residents to understand each other and build bridges. so having said that having reached out to my friends being open and honest why it matters to me immigration policy and why would it matter to you. going back to the conversations of the nation it's great for
immigrants. that's my personal battle cry and it's really, really easy - let me start again. it's a like the vote will be passed in the house today. we - have pretty much everything on the coast arguing with the immigration reform it's hard to get the congress a men and women to evolving vote in favor of that. we - so somehow we need to reach the populations in the u.s. to have an action to vote in favor of that. the how the why and the what. so the why you can teach them
about the immigrant that's picking straubdz. hey, we need immigration reform because we need the education in the u.s. and by the way, those reforms is going to have a - the why then the how. i'm helping march for innovation. it's an online movement that is making it easy to help people to do action. you go on facebook and wherever it's time to take action you can send a tweet to your congress men and women and try to convince your friends to do the same.
you sign up and you'll get instructions from the e-mail. i honestly don't know people in north american. i promise - back in the day when the law - by the way, who remembers what soap is. many websites replaced the website with some kind of black and white frame. we feel we really have a model of activity we should - i'm going to tell everybody that 1, 2, and 3 to support the immigration reform. we're going to have access or the chances of services like voices 1, 2, and 3 is going to
be much lower. i want to see the business owners follow suit. by the way, my wife and daughter are here and my daughter has the march t-shirt >> thank you for the practical steps and again, we have folks that are tweeting or posting there's so many ways to engage and it's easy and effective. it also means meeting people. we'll be taking another small group of ceos from small business by also start ups. in washington d.c. they only
hate you when your successful. then we're going to open it up to the audience. as - >> we work with people all over the united states. we have an intelligent to do that we're suppliers there and we get to them and explain the how and why and what to do. and that's another way to leverage our networks and our stories to be able to do that. and march for innovation that's a great thing it's allblast about how easy it is to do those things. i take every opportunity to be out there talking to people because numbers are great bs but as human nature it's better to put a face to a story and i
encourage you to all do that. our start up was because we decided to get together and do that. he's from kansas and he takes every opportunity to talk about our stories. we have a network to make sure we keep going forward with this >> thank you we're going to go to questions from the audience. we're going to start with a few partners. first bob who's president and ceo of the san francisco chamber and if i'm not imposing too much we have others to the extent we have time >> thank you carl thank you for getting us ail together. first of all, i'd be remissed
mr. mayor if i didn't congratulate you on the events coming up. before i get to my question. thank you for your participation particularly entrepreneurs. i want to get you to talk about the education and the world of the united states. what kind of impact if the immigration reform didn't happen what impact will it have >> in the short time the visas the h1 petition we're trying to find a replacement for that person in the united states it's difficult to find people with skills so we might enable them
to set up their offices and build a team. >> i was going to say if you guys haven't checked out the start up report they've done things around the world. so everywhere the e go system is growing but if we don't fix the immigration issues then the other pavrts parts of the world like brazil and china and venture capita lifts have activity invest in other countries >> if it does happen have you seen the banner - we'll just get real sad. >> mayor lee.
i think the recovery will not be fully for everybody. you'll have thirty to 50 thousand people in our city alone maybe 2 and a half million that don't talk about their health and they have to create things underground and that effects health safety and fiscal safety in our neighborhoods because people have to hide. this has been building up thaits it's not that it just happened. we need to do something about immigration reform it can change the circumstances to bring a lot more people out into the light to have full prarngs in our economy >> the president has said it allowed and clear he believed that our immigration system is
broken. he has laid obvious his ideas. he believes we need a strong bored and it's a priority for his administration a fair path to censorship[p to the millions of people who are contributing to our country and need to be here and have a lot to continue to contribute when they come out of the shadows. there are other priorities that he will continue to support and push forward. we want to, you know, look at those employers that are not following the rules. like all in this room there are employers who are not following the rules and it's a priority for our wanting to stop the
things that are making us weak. and we still have a few years ahead but at this point it's not the end of the world but the administration stays commented to fix this system >> we're not going to lose because if we lose this opportunities it will be decades. but bob thanks for that question >> yeah. i have more of a city observation. as this effort moves from the senate to the house that's the argument it needs to be made. we're dealing with a few moderate members the message is it grows the economy. in your networks across the
country like the voice bunny you're the best messengers and democratic and republican members say we haven't heard enough you from the business community. we can help you impact public policy so if you get a chance to fill it out leave it under your chair and we'll collect it. >> thanks for the leadership of business forward. i hope all of us fill out those cards week, engaged or enraged. >> thank you carl and all. i'll uses the rules of order to keep this short and fast and also to say it's critically important here in san francisco
is is we're being heard in washington and what we're seeing in the house is going to be a lot longer than we anticipated. it's to stay involved and engaged. we've got a campaign which is keep us here dot.org. we'll be keeping that going. but it's critically important at this junction we stay involved >> i've got a long line of folks who want to identify themselves we have 6 minutes left and so think lightning fast. >> i'm the ceo of the scientific research company. my question is how can we
collaborate with the office at the federal and local level to do the research. a lot of the immigrants don't understand they can do immigrant research >> we have a short conversation around the b-1 conversations and the processing of the visas. i'm happy to engage with you that we can help promote the b-1 visa to promote that we have also some brochures about our offices and folks are having a problem with requests to allow
business activities under b-1 week help >> our city we're one o one of the largest general offices in the nation outside of washington and new york. we promote invests and i have educational leadership projects. we can work together on international ideas this promote the professors and education issues >> yes, sir. . i'm a founder of a company. a few weeks ago i was told i'd have to leave the united states. i've been living in japan and i've entered the country
numerous times and i've paid my taxes pr is there any way for the immigration officers to interpreter the law like they do in japan >> what a great question and compelling question. >> our office does a lot of reviews in the immigration issues. i have a colleague here and he's our senior advisors. fred and i work very closely in giving adjudication issues as they relate to a start up business whether in the h b context we're very involved and
providing recommendations to ac i s in how to improve + jurisdictions in policy and training. we welcome our comments and ideas but case examples that reflect miss application of the laws. make sure you have our card before i leave and a maria thank you for responding >> we have two speakers and literally are out of time. >> my name is juan gomez i gntd from columbia. i wanted to ask i talk about what you can do in the middle america i move forward from kansas city so i know that middle america looks up to san
francisco. so what can the city's do not only the tech world is leading the world but in the technology industries they're not as progressive as in the tech community part what are your thoughts in the tech community leading the way to be more progressive on immigration and the city of san francisco leading the way for other cities of embracing immigrants. people not knowing we pay the same taxes and have the same obliterations as the rest of the americans. so what can the city and a tech destroy do. that's why the silicon
leadership group who have all those members to make sure that all clusters emphasize the need for all immigration. we want to get to one more person >> i'm here actually, i went through the exact same issue i was a foreign student and it took me looked at to get the green card. i'm not sure in the category i see less than 20 thousand people in america - the question i have why people say the farm worker when you look at the - they have the h1 b visa which means